How in the world did I manage to miss this thread for ssssoooo long? I saw Sabbath live, as my very first concert experience... a festival type thing they had in Northern CA - called "Day On The Green". The bill was Sabbath, Molly Hatchet, Journey,, and another band or three that the years have caused me to lose memory of.
I had just moved to CA from Florida ( divorced parents situation ) and my dad knew that I'd developed a liking for Molly Hatchet ( Hey, I was like 12
or 13 - cut me some slack! ) So the old man bought two tickets and, loathing rock music himself, he sent me there with his 20 to 21 year old
girlfriend ( and Dad was probably about fifty at that point... he was a man with issues, but man did he have a way with the pretty ladies. And,
besides, as a guy in the throes of puberty being escorted to a concert by a hot 20 or 21 year old blonde? Definitely too cool! All so I could see my
favorite band, the Hatchet. So off we went, me and my dads Freudian nightmare of a situation girlfriend.
Fast forward about 12 hours. I walk into the house about as amped and electicified as a person could be. Gloriously wearing the T-shirt the daddy
issues Daddies girlfriend has purchased for me.... Only it did not say Molly Hatchet on it at all.... It was a picture of a few angels casually
sitting and smoking and it said BLACK SABBATH - Heaven and Hell.
After that I went on a rampage buying the entire Sabbath back body of work. I'd fallen in love with Dio era Sabbath, but liked the Ozzy stuff too (
this has reversed over the years and I now consider Ozzy the best Sabbath version, not the Dio incarnation ). When Mob Rules came out? I went nuts! I
seriously went through at least five or six versions of it on cassette because I kept wearing them out.
After that? Dio quit and I got into Born Again, with Gillan pretty well. It rocked. And I continued to LOVE Dio ( At least until the Lock Up The
Wolves range of time ). But, as time passed, I got into harder, newer, more edgy music. Metallica ( pre black album ) Flotsam and Jetsam, and a bunch
of others - and I also was maturing enough to begin appreciating more of the music that came before my time (The Who, The Doors, etc). And I stopped
following Sabbath after Gillan left because I did not like the voice of the singer who followed.
But as for the Ozzy Sabbath? Well it's about 34 years after that day I walked into the house in a Heaven and Hell t shirt, filled with electricity..
and I never have stopped listening to the Sabbath. I have their entire discography (legally) on my hard drive right now. I keep trying to get into
most of the later stuff ( Even the one album return of Dio ) but it doesn't have the same effect on me as everything from "Black Sabbath" through
"Born Again" does.
So... borrowing a term used in a Biohazard cover on the Nativity In Black CD...
Dropping some respect for the almighty Black Sabbath....